Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) and Toyota US Woordfees present: JAZZ IN THE QUAD – a series of top music shows featuring some of South Africa’s most exciting musicians.
This unique music experience and late- night entertainment venue promises to be one of the highlights of the Toyota US Woordfees 2020. It will be the third year that the CTMA and Woordfees host a late- night contemporary music and entertainment venue in the Visual Arts Square. This year promises to top 2019’s incredible success with a phenomenal lineup of musicians. Vicky Davis, CTMA’s programme manager says: “For those who enjoy late night entertainment, Jazz in the Quad is the perfect venue – there are top quality shows, a bar and food stalls. Festival artists are invited to come along. They can get free access.”
Jazz in the Quad Programme:
10 March: Kyle Shepherd Trio. (with Shane Cooper & Jonno Sweetman)
11 March: Ramon Alexander Quartet.
12 March: The Unity Band.
13 March: Mandisi Dyantyis.
14 March: Schalk Joubert and Sima Mashazi.
Ramon Alexander: “I will be performing two compositions for the first time with my slightly new look quartet of Byron Abrahams on saxes and vocals, Valentino Europa on bass and Annemie Nel on drums. We will, naturally be performing my usual mix of original music from my catalogue of recorded music (I think that could keep busy for a lifetime) ,a selection compositions by significant composers from the Cape Jazz genre as well as choice standards from the real book of jazz.”
Thandeka Dladla from The Unity Band: “Jazz gives us the ability and the space to honestly express ourselves in every moment. The audience can expect a multi-dimensional show which will take them on a journey of some amazing highs and then some sombering lows. We’ll be playing a lot of music from our debut album ‘Fabric’ as well as a few other new tunes which we have been working on.”
Saturday, March 7 – JAZZ IN KAYAMANDI
Fredrik Noren Quintet with Mandla Mlangeni
This show brings together two trumpet virtuosos – the winner of the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year in the jazz category, Mandla Mlangeni (South Africa) and the music director and lead trumpet player of the Stocholm Jazz Orchestra, Fredrik Norén (Sweden). The super talented double bass player Martin Zenker from Munich and some of Cape Town’s top musicians will also join them on stage. Mandla Mlangeni says “Jazz is a music that speaks to the now. Constantly changing, it finds meaning in the communion of kindred spirits. People can expect a special once off performance that will communicate the true power of jazz by esteemed musicians.”
Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA)
CTMA is a not-for-profit (NPC) company that strives to develop opportunities for local established and emerging contemporary musicians and artists in the Western Cape. The goal of the CTMA is to create programs and projects that promote the work of local musicians and the development of jobs in the South African music industry. Vicky Davis, CTMA’s program manager says: “The CTMA believes that SA is home to some of the best contemporary musical talent and that we can compete with world standards. Our idea is to showcase our local contemporary music talent on the best possible stages and platforms.
JAZZ IN KAYAMANDI Saturday 7 March.
Fredrik Noren Quintet with Mandla Mlangeni.
JAZZ IN THE QUAD 10 to 14 March:
Visual Arts Square, Victoria Street
Late night entertainment with cash bar.
Kyle Shepherd Trio, The Unity Band, Mandisi Dyantyis, Ramon Alexander Quartet,
Schalk Joubert Band ft Sima Mashazi.
Tickets are available from Computicket or at the door.